Programme Manager – Project Management Unit (PMU)
Location: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

About Peepul  

Peepul is an education-focused non-profit. We dream and work towards creating an  education system in India that enables ‘every child to realize their potential.’ 

We work closely with governments at the national, state and local levels to transform government schools and government systems. The poorest children in India study in government schools and too many of them are falling through the cracks. We are determined to ensure that they receive a high-quality education to help them succeed in life.  

We are restless, resilient and reflective. We aim high, we innovate, we work smart, we work as a team, and we use rigorous research to inform our work. 


Job Description: Programme Manager – Project Management  Unit (PMU) 

Reports to: Programme Lead / Programme Director 

Location: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 

Start date: Immediate 

Salary: Commensurate with experience 

Role Context 

To improve the quality of the public school system and improve learning outcomes, the  Department of Education, Government of Madhya Pradesh (GoMP) is on an ambitious reform agenda. This reform agenda includes a focus on accountability and governance,  structural administrative reforms, capacity-building of the state sector and learning from innovations and international best practices in pedagogy and delivery.  

Peepul has partnered with the GoMP to strengthen learning outcomes from 2012 onwards through a deep partnership with the state. Through this partnership, we have also developed a deep understanding of the MP context, education landscape, and administrative support structures at the ground-level. 

Peepul is now deepening this partnership with GoMP through a multi-year state-wide program for developing and implementing initiatives towards high-quality education outcomes in ‘CM Rise Schools’, a flagship programme of the School Education  Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh, to create exemplar public schools that provide high-quality holistic education to all children across Madhya Pradesh.  

The CM Rise schools are envisioned to showcase quality teaching learning practices &  innovative school management processes, and act as visual exemplars in the school system for all others to learn and derive motivation from. 

The scope of work for this program is to 

  1. Support the design, creation and implementation of relevant academic structures  and processes leading to excellent academic outcomes in CM Rise Schools through  the academic year 
  2. Support the design and roll out of student assessments for CM Rise Schools, derive  data and initiate action plans 
  3. Design and deliver capacity-building interventions for key stakeholders of CM Rise  Schools (Teachers, School Leaders, Officers of the Education Department) 4. Support the setting up of accountability and motivation structures in the schools  and wider ecosystem 
  4. Set up governance structures for the program 

Role Description 

The role of the Programme Manager – Project Management Unit (PMU) is critical to the success of the continued partnership with the Government of Madhya Pradesh towards achieving quality education for all, and to Peepul’s strategic objective of supporting quality improvement in the public school system in India.  

As part of our support to the CM Rise Schools and other state priorities, the Programme  Manager- PMU will be primarily responsible for owning the project design, plan and outcomes. 

This person will work closely with the key stakeholders in the state as well as within the organisation to design project plans with clearly defined objectives and intended outcomes leading to delivery of high-quality projects within the CM Rise Schools programme.

This is therefore an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated individual to play a key role in an exemplar school project with enormous potential impact. The Programme Manager – PMU must be an exceptional manager with the skills and mindsets to conceptualize and execute education interventions at scale.  

The Programme Manager-PMU will be someone who exemplifies flexibility, tenacity and enthusiasm to be able to design and deliver on rigorous and holistic project design and delivery in close collaboration with a diverse team. 

Key responsibilities 

To identify project needs and develop holistic plans to achieve the intended outcomes  

  • Design and evolve the scope and sequence of the project plan using frameworks that  best suit the needs of the program 
  • Engage with internal and external stakeholders to foresee project path and guide  your team in pivoting effectively 
  • Effectively communicate with senior bureaucrats, education officials to provide programmatic updates and make modifications to project plans. 
  • Identify and establish partnerships with multiple knowledge partners across the state  towards a productive collaboration 

To advise and support the state on the roadmap for CM Rise Schools 

  • Support the state government in charting out long term goals for the CM Rise  Schools 
  • Present data-backed research insights to the state government officials to support  strengthening of key domains of CM Rise Schools 
  • Conduct regular needs assessments to identify needs and challenges of the  stakeholders (internal as well as external) associated with the project 
  • Liaison with state government institutions (e.g., SCERT, College of Teacher Education)  to ensure a seamless communication flow between the Peepul team and all the key  stakeholders 

To lead impact assessment 

  • Set systems and processes to track project milestones, outputs and outcomes of the program. 
  • Create structures to track, identify and share data regularly with key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Provide insights and inputs to the M&E team for developing tools and techniques  required for project’s impact measurement 
  • Work closely with the senior leadership team to meet funder requirements, including  but not limited to creating periodic progress / impact reports 
  • Arrange field visits for supporters / funders / senior leadership team at appropriate  junctions of the program to showcase progress and impact of the program 

To lead the execution and implementation of the programme at scale 

  • Support Program Director/Program Lead in implementing the programme effectively  at scale 
  • Collectively work with team members in the state towards high-quality execution of  the program on ground sharing key insights 
  • Codifying best practices from the program and disseminating them internally and  externally towards building knowledge of the organization and allowing replication  across the ecosystem 
  • Manage a team of project managers and project coordinators towards successful and  smooth work execution 

Person Specification 


  • At least 7 years of total work experience 
  • Experience of managing large scale projects with diverse stakeholders preferably in  government settings 
  • Demonstrated ability of achieving project outcomes within timelines
  • Understanding of education ecosystems in India 
  • Strong working knowledge of Hindi and English (oral and written)  

Behaviours and attributes: 

  • A strong desire to influence the government education system, working with the existing  government structures 
  • A deep understanding of the context and challenges of the government stakeholders 
  • Ability to present complex information into simple, actionable points making it accessible to individuals with varying skill levels. 
  • Attention to detail, including proofreading and editing skills for materials shared  internally and externally 
  • Ability to build strong and sustainable relationships across various government  education functionaries 
  • Ability to iterate on work quickly, based on feedback, following a process of  continuous improvement 
  • Bias to action, with an ability to step back and see the larger picture
  • Intellectually curious, open to learning 
  • Flexible and adaptable style, responding positively to changing demands 
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills 
  • Enthusiasm for taking on a start-up role, in what will be a fast-paced, growing,  changing network 
  • Performance orientation – sets and achieves high standards for self and others

Recruitment Process 

To apply, please send a copy of your resume along with a covering letter explaining why you are interested in applying for the role, to with a cc to, ensuring you specify the role you are applying for in the subject line of the e-mail. Please include the details of at least two referees within your application.  


The selection process will involve written tests/assignments, interviews and live demonstrations of expertise (e.g., think through a project plan), with the senior management team of the organization.  

Reference checking & Probation  

As Peepul is a children first organisation, this role will be subject to enhanced background checks. Additionally, all new staff will be subject to a probation period of three months.